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Joan, I'm glad to hear you like octopus like I do. I've not had the opportunity to try dried octopus, but my guess is I'll like it almost as much as fresh or frozen.
My personality is such that I'll try anything, as long as I'm sure It's not harmful to me.
I also give foods quite a few chances, to see if I will acquire a taste for them, like the gal that wrote that article. The first time I tried sweet & sour pork, I did not like it, but the second or third time, I thought it was very good.
There are several foods that I've not acquired a taste for. I've tried blue cheese many times, and still don't like it, except for Roquefort. So far, I've tried 2 kinds of beer and thought they tasted horrible. I dislike most wines and coffee. The wines I like have lots of fruit flavoring, and the coffees I like have lots of fruit flavoring as well as lots of cream & sugar. I don't even care much for Baskin-Robbins coffee Ice Cream.
However, I still try these things when I get the chance, if they don't cost much. The only thing I won't try again is an 800 year-old pickled egg, mainly because I'm not sure how safe it is.
Raspberry season is over, but have no fear--black and blue berries are coming on! I have all these bushes (including goose) in my "garden". However, I have to forage in the wild for blackberries, and go to a blueberry farm to get my quota. Nearly half my chest freezer is packed with berries, including straw.
There's still the controversy about eating fruit because of the sugar content, but I'm on the side of partaking. Yum!
Spud, this story reminds me of the couple who always served octopus at their parties. They tasted excellent, had an interesting texture; something about them appealed to my sense of smell, feel, and taste. On one occasion, they didn't serve any and I asked about them. The husband handed me a big knife and invited me to go to their pantry and help myself. They bought them by the bag full. I followed his direction, found the paper bag and opened it up. There was a whole bunch of dried octopus. They looked disgusting. I eventually was able to look at them, slice off a chunk and enjoy them as I had before.
While in the dentist's waiting room this morning, I read an article that struck a nerve in me, because I'm like the gal that wrote "Acquired Taste". I couldn't believe how incredibly adverse to trying new foods her date was. The article can be read here: http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/people_perspectives/goo...
Nice story of a pleasant meeting, Joan! With the Dutch sound goes the Dutch writing: rollade. Rouladen is the German word.
Chris, I meet the nicest man today at the doctor's parking lot. His car is almost twice as tall as mine and we were parked next to each other. He had a nice smile and a pleasant sounding accent. It turns out his father and grandfather were onion and potato farmers in The Netherlands and he came to the U.S. to one of the dryest areas of the country and raises onions and potatoes. We chatted and I met his wife who will be having back surgery soon.
I asked him if he had ever eaten rouladen and he said "No". I described the ingredients and how to roll it up. He said, "OH! You mean rouladen" and he taught me how to say it with the Dutch sound.
Oh yes! Daniel, your photos look delicious! "damndelicious.net" has some easy looking recipes. Thanks.
Daniel, great looking and sounding zucchini recipes. I've always enjoyed zucchini. It's quite adaptable to a wide variety of preparations and added spices and flavors. (Much like chicken!)
Bon appetit to you, dear chef!
I've had this pound of hamburger in my freezer for a long time, so I decided I'd make a meatloaf. I didn't realize how many meals one could get out of a single meatloaf! The good thing is, there are many different side dishes that go well with it. I even mixed it into fetticini. Now it's time to go back to my vegetarian diet. Ha, that's a laugh.
I'm a cereal and fruit person... but I still go to the effort of actually putting loose leaf green tea in an infuser; it simply tastes much better than teabags.
Purists will shake their heads, since I brew a mug at a time rather than a proper teapot...
Self-portrait in the morning :)
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